Kgosi Kgafela lambastes ‘Thug’ Culture

Kgosi Kgafela

The embattled Kgosikgolo Kgafela II of Mochudi has called for a change of what he labelled a  system of  ‘Tsotsi’ ‘(thug) government’ and a review of the constitution. Speaking at the International Museums Day celebrations at Phuthadikobo Museum on Wednesday, the chief  who is not only engaged in an ongoing court battle with government about the jurisdiction of his powers, but is also seeking to institute legal proceeding against the government to set aside the constitution, said both the present constitution and the government were  products of a “Tsotsi culture” that has been misleading Batswana since independence.

“We  have a ‘Tsotsi’ constitution and a ‘Tsotsi’ Government masquerading as democratic institutions. We have to do away with both for the sake of our nation. As Batswana you need to be ruled by your Dikgosi. We have to go back to our original laws and norms,”  he said

Lamenting  what he termed the nation’s loss of  ancestral values, Kgafela said that such behaviour  would eventually lead the nation into oblivion.

“Our lives as tribes did not start in 1966 when our country gained independence. Bakgatla and other tribes were there before 1966 and were guided by their traditions. What has happened to our values and aspirations in the last 45 years should be a lesson for us all. We are now following a culture that is neither English, French nor German. Those people respect their cultures. What we are following now is a “Tsotsi ‘ culture designed to keep you in servitude.  Such a culture is against the Bible which teaches us to follow our ancestors’ ways,”Kgafela said to the applause of his audience.

Turning to the school children who attended the event and passing a remark about the effects of the ongoing  public service strike on them, he said: “You are not at school and some of your parents have lost their jobs because of this “Tsotsi” culture.  Your future lies in recognising the ways of your ancestors”

Encouraging the people to visit the museum as often as possible in order to learn the Bakgatla history and traditions, he said: “This museum used to be a school and stands on sacred ground. You must come here and learn. I am willing to teach you too. You must however respect this place because it is home to Badimo. You must not come here to have sex or drink beer. I say this because we often find used condoms here”.
The chief then went on to note that as a Kgosikgolo he is the link between his tribe and their Badimo(ancestral spirits).

“It is my duty to tell you the true message from our ancestors. Our salvation lies in following their guidance and our culture. That is the truth. I can only tell you what is true because my duty as Kgosikgolo does not allow me to lie. You will disappear if you don’t listen to me. You won’t be the first tribe to disappear.”, said Kgafela who then went on to explain that culture is much more than eating melons, dancing Borankana or traditional artefacts.
“Culture is a way of life with values and norms that need to be taken seriously. It is my duty to tell you this. Those who  don’t heed my words will live to regret it. Even God will reject them. He has no time for stupid people. Read Proverbs and Psalms and then and you will realise that God has no use for people who runaway from their ancestors’ ways,”he said
In  another development Kgafela announced that he had given permission to civil servants on strike  permission to congregate at his kgotla  next weekend and state their case to his subjects.


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  • Stuxmaphiz
    May 21, 2011, 7:42 am

    Kgabo ke one mafoko ao!

  • Dt
    May 22, 2011, 12:37 pm

    Rona ga gona gore re ta thola re go thusa re reng ke ao mafoko rra o tla ipona re sale re go boleletse

  • tirivashe
    May 22, 2011, 5:47 pm

    As much as we love and value our culture,ga re batle go boela ko STONE-AGE where batho ba kgwatlhisiwa ba sa rediiwe.Dinako di fetogile amogelang seo.Le tlogele go tsietsa batho ka puo…

  • thefriendlyghost
    May 23, 2011, 9:18 am

    Tsela pedi re tsee e fe mokgatla MORDEN LIFE OR STONE AGE?come on kgabo this country has now become a war zone lets accept change and find ways of solving this situation we can try going back but back and forth we will end losing it.

  • agisto
    May 23, 2011, 10:52 am

    Its not all about being a TSOTSI Mr Chief wena do what the current constitution allows you to do.

    Tseo tsago kgwathisa di nnile le sebaka sa tsone ebile se fetile.


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